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Lot #45
John F. Kennedy's Porcelain Cherubs

Dresden china from the Kennedy White House

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Estimate: $2000+
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Dresden china from the Kennedy White House

Group of four pieces of white Dresden porcelain used in the Kennedy White House, including two 6″ tall cherub figurines in different poses, and two identical 5.75 x 2.25 x 1.75 centerpiece holders, all marked "N. Dresden" on the bottom. After Kennedy's assassination these were given to Special Assistant Martin E. Underwood, who later sold them to noted JFK collector Robert White. In overall fine condition. Accompanied by a copy of a letter of provenance from Underwood, in part: "Through a friend and GSA White House head Charles Rotchford I acquired an eight piece set made by Dresden China known as 'The Four Seasons.' Each of the pieces in the set are marked and numbered 730 on two of the figures. This set came into my possession in early 1964 when many items from the Kennedy office area and adjoining areas were stored in my office…My close friends Charlie Rotchford and Kenny O'Donnell gave me this set. I am sure it was a gift to the President and First Lady but I do not know from whom." Also accompanied by photocopies of the Guernsey's catalog listing and the invoice from the 1998 sale of Robert White's JFK collection.

Auction Info

  • Auction Title: Fine Autographs and Artifacts
  • Dates: #512 - Ended November 08, 2017